Championship sides Middlesbrough and Hull City are reported to be keeping a close eye on the progress of a highly-rated Grimsby Town youngster.
Striker Rumarn Burrell has been scouted by both clubs during the 2018/19 campaign, and with the player stalling on signing professional terms at Blundell Park, one of them could be set to pounce.
EFL regulations mean that the Mariners would be eligible for compensation, should the Championship side make a move for the player, but it will come as another blow to Michael Jolley’s side, with Burrell being one of the most promising youngsters in the Town ranks.
The teenage frontman was a key part of Neil Woods’ youth side, as they won the North East Youth Alliance title for 2019, scoring 18 goals in total.
His performances over the campaign earned him a call-up to the Mariners’ first-team towards the end of the season; Burrell going onto make four substitute appearances for Jolley’s side.
Rumarn was one of three youth team players offered a professional contract at the end of the season, alongside Brandon Buckley and Jock Curran.
It is understood the player’s representative has been trying to negotiate the Blundell Park deal, admist the reported interest from Middlesbrough.
The Tigers also watched the player closely during the 2018/19 season but it is believed that Nigel Adkins’ side would rather wait and see how the player progresses during his first professional season at Blundell Park, rather than conclude any potential deal prior to the new campaign.
Burrell joined the Mariners in 2017 following a successful trial spell, where he netted three times in six outings. He was previously on the books of Coventry City and Scunthorpe United.